Winners of the 2018 Pennwriters Annual Writing Contest will be announced at the 31st Annual Pennwriters Conference in May.
2017 Pennwriters Annual Writing Contest Winners:
1st Place: Lori Duffy Foster – No Stranger Here
2nd Place: Lori Duffy Foster – A Dead Man’s Eyes
3rd Place: Rhonda Battenfelder – Charcoal
1st Place: Rosemary Hanrahan – My First Visit to Africa
2nd Place: Rosemary Hanrahan – Honoring the Divine Unrest as Compassionate Caregivers
3rd Place: Rebecca Frank – Organizing Style Fit Just for You – No Shame
1st Place: Carrie Jacobs – The Transporter
2nd Place: Gina Sestak – A Son’s Revenge
3rd Place: Joy Givens – Mikey and Andi
1st Place: Charles Becker – A Private Showing
2nd Place: Charles Becker – Winter’s Gift
3rd Place: Charles Becker – Steelheading
2016 Pennwriters Annual Writing Contest Winners:
1st Place: Carrie Jacobs – A Much Better Plan
2nd Place: Joy Givens – Beauty, the Beast
3rd Place: Margaret Rodenberg – Finding Napoleon
1st Place: Ann Howley – One Million Years BC (Baby Crap)
2nd Place: Hana Haatainen-Caye – Eden
3rd Place: Sherren Pensiero – Trekking From Homeroom to Home Office
1st Place: Amanda Schleicher – Home Again
2nd Place: Terry Dawley – The Joke
3rd Place: Barb D’Souza – Flight
1st Place: Kathy Horstman – Someday
2nd Place: Matt Betts – Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night of the Living Dead
3rd Place: Matt Betts – The Night Godzilla Dumped His Chick
2015 Pennwriters Annual Writing Contest Winners:
1st Place: Rhonda Battenfelder – The Code Breakers
2nd Place: Gretchen Lockwood – Green Midnight
3rd Place: Wende Dikec – Lola Flannigan
1st Place: Ann Howley – Milking It
2nd Place: Amanda Schleicher – Recognizing Anxiety in Elementary Age Students
3rd Place: Tanya Schleiden – Travels With Rocky
1st Place: Peter Hayes – The Long White Walk
2nd Place: Janet Wells – Walk Like A Turkey
3rd Place: Hana Haatainen-Caye – Framed Point Of View
1st Place: Charles Becker – Ice Out
2nd Place: Rosemary Edwards – Wounded
3rd Place: Rosemary Edwards – Spring In Rural Haiti
2014 Pennwriters Annual Writing Contest Winners:
1st Place: Peter Hayes – The Dog of Erbil
2nd Place: Angel Prichard – Seven Wonders of Remfrost
3rd Place TIE: Wende Dikec – Traveller
3rd Place TIE: : Barbara Mountjoy – Wicked Intents
1st Place: Harriet Parke – Pennsylvania Macaroni
2nd Place: Linda Schmitmeyer – Ketchup Madness
3rd Place: Bobbi Carducci – 50 Shades of Caregiving
1st Place: Terry Dawley – Rolling Drunks
2nd Place: Janet Wells – When Finger Snaps Don’t Work
3rd Place: MaryAlice Meli – Comfort Food
1st Place: Laura Lovic-Lindsay – Weaning the Calves
2nd Place: Heather Desuta – itself
3rd Place: Peter Crooke – The Shaman and the Angel
2013 Pennwriters Annual Writing Contest Winners:
1st Place: Tamara Girardi
2nd Place: Kathy Johnson
3rd Place: Wende Dikec
1st Place: Linda Schmitmeyer
2nd Place: Terry Dawley
3rd Place: Steven Flemming
1st Place: Kobbie Alamo
2nd Place: Harriet Parke
3rd Place: Jean Jenkins
1st Place: Elayne Masters
2nd Place: Lori Joseph
3rd Place: Elayne Masters
2012 Pennwriters Annual Writing Contest Winners:
1st Place: Aimee Gunoskey/Ash Krafton – Takin’ it Back
2nd Place: Jessica Williams – Warrior
3rd Place: Nancy J. Hammer – Honor Bound
1st Place: Charles Yordy – Why We Blockheads Write
2nd Place: Ann Vitale – I’m Alpha, You’re a Brat, I Love You
3rd Place: Fred Conners – A Model Prisoner
1st Place: Jeff Rathbun – And So This Is Christmas
2nd Place: Judy DeCarlo – Lingo
3rd Place: Christiana Reuling – Skinny-Dipping
1st Place: Elaine Masters – Lens
2nd Place TIE: Elaine Masters – Dancing Unfettered
2nd Place TIE: Hana Haatainen Caye – Prodigal
3rd Place TIE: Aimee Gunoskey/Ash Krafton – Ashes to Ashes
3rd Place TIE: Lori Joseph – Gold Leaf Flakes
When you enter the Pennwriters Annual Writing Contest, you will receive an evaluation and critique of your submission(s) from professionals within the writing industry. Prizes will be awarded to the highest-scoring entries in each category.
Winners in each category will receive a certificate for the following:
- 1st Place – a voucher* for a full-registration fee for the Pennwriters Annual Conference or $50 cash.
- 2nd Place – a voucher* for half-off a registration fee for the Pennwriters Annual Conference or $30 cash.
- 3rd Place – a voucher* for one free entry in the Pennwriters Annual Writing Contest.
(*Vouchers must be used within two years, or they expire.)
The contest opens on January 1, 2017, at 12:01 a.m. Entries must be uploaded to the contest website no later than 11:59 p.m. on January 31, 2017. The score sheets for each category are available at http://www.pennwriterswritingcontest.com/. Please familiarize yourself with the judging criteria before you submit your entry or entries.
- The Pennwriters Annual Writing Contest is open to any member of Pennwriters in good standing as of January 1 each contest year.
- The Pennwriters Annual Writing Contest is composed of four categories: 1) Novel Beginning. 2) Short Story. 3) Non-Fiction (includes Creative Non-Fiction/Article). 4) Poetry. You may enter each category as many times as you wish. Entries will be judged by writing industry professionals. Categories receiving less than five (5) entries will be canceled. Entries and entry fees in that category will be returned.
- An entry fee of $15 must accompany EACH entry. The Poetry entry fee is $15 for up to three poems. Pay once, but send each poem in a separate entry. Just state in the comments that it is the 1st poetry submission, 2nd and 3rd so we know. (See Poetry Format Below)
- Novel Beginnings and Short Story entries must not exceed ten (10) pages. Send the first ten (10) pages of your Novel. Short Story entries should present a complete story within the given pages. Fewer than ten (10) pages is an acceptable entry, but do not submit more or you will be disqualified and your entry fee is forfeited. For the Non-Fiction/Creative Non-Fiction/Article category, you may send the first ten (10) pages of a book-length work. If the entry is an article, it should be complete in ten (10) pages or less.
- Save your file as an RTF (Rich Text Format) file format. For instance, Genre_Your File Name.rtf
- Entries must be submitted in standard manuscript format, as described below.
Standard Manuscript Format:
- 1-inch margins all the way around. You may start your entry from the top of the first page.
- 24-26 lines per page
- Fonts: Courier New or Times New Roman
- 12 pt. point text size
- Submission title and genre should appear in a header in the upper left-hand corner of each page.
- Page number should appear in a header in the upper right-hand corner of each page.
- Text should be left justified, with paragraphs indented .5″
- Author’s name MUST NOT appear anywhere on the entry. Author’s name on manuscript WILL result in immediate disqualification and the entry fee will be forfeited.
- Because your submission’s title appears as a running header in the manuscript, it is unnecessary to center the title and place it again on the first page.
- Please Note: Changing the margins to less than 1″ or reducing the font below 12 points counts as an automatic disqualification.
Standard Poetry Format:
- Each poem should be sent separately. Pay only once. The poetry category allows you to submit up to three poems per entry fee.
- Each poem should fit on an 8.5″ by 11″ sheet of paper (if it were printed)
- Each poem should consist of no more than 40 lines
- Fonts (Courier New or Times New Roman) in 12 point text size
For questions contact: firstname.lastname@example.org